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Mary Friedel-Hunt


Mary Friedel-Hunt, MA LCSW, is a freelance writer and psychotherapist
in the Madison area.She can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or P.O. Box 1036, Spring Green, WI 53588.

Saying yes
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Well, they are back. Those pesky little critters that attack us the minute we step out the doors of our homes. Yep, the mosquitoes are here again. It is always something. Winter brings the icy roads, blizzards and piles of snow to shovel, to say nothing of freezing temperatures. Spring comes with flooding and tornadoes, and then comes summer with its humidity, heat and yes, mosquitoes. That leaves fall, my favorite season for obvious reasons.
Mosquitoes are a major nuisance. When Bill and I moved back to Wisconsin in 2002 after

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:39 AM
Heed the warnings

Mother Nature can be tough. We see it often with floods, tornadoes and earthquakes. Two weeks ago I saw it in my front yard when the robin’s nest that I have monitored for weeks was attacked by some critter, perhaps a crow. Two of the three babies were on the ground, bleeding and dead. One was on the ground but still alive. The parents were in the nearby maple tree squawking at me as I returned the surviving baby and the nest to the windowsill. Ultimately, the survivor died also.
These birds worked very hard building their little home on my kitchen windowsill and the mother

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 1:51 PM
Music heals

By Mary Friedel-Hunt

He is a living legend in the world of blues. Guitarist and singer David “Honeyboy” Edwards will be 96 years old in June. His website ( schedule indicates that since January he has traveled to at least 10 states performing several concerts in each one. I saw him at Folklore Village in Dodgeville last month. He sang, played and told stories for two hours, keeping an audience captivated with his talent and, I might add, his energy. I am 71 years old, the couple I went with are in their early 60’s and we mutually agreed that he had more energy

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 1:55 PM
Attachment vs. letting go
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Many from around the world have been watching a nest of eagles at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. A mother and a father bald eagle and their three chicks have captured the attentions of thousands via a webcam. We watched the chicks hatch, monitored their growth, and then tragedy struck when the mother eagle was killed by an airplane from the nearby Norfolk International Airport.
The father continued to feed the chicks but experts determined that he would be unable to

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 1:42 PM
Learning quickly
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

Bentley, our almost 8-year-old golden retriever, is now enrolled in obedience class — again. His life took a backseat while Bill was sick and, when his master died, Bentley’s behavior changed — for the worse. So I decided to enroll him in classes until I felt his confidence was rebuilt and until I see him being joyous. It is working, but very slowly.
What I notice as I work more and more with him on a daily basis is how tuned-in he is to my

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 1:48 PM
Why expensive weddings?

A group of friends held a royal wedding party at 3 a.m. on April 29. The participants wore fancy hats and great food was enjoyed by all. In the meantime, I set my DVR to tape the event, rose at 7 a.m., put on a pot of coffee and watched the reruns, speeding through commercials and boring parts. OK, so I guess I am a party pooper because I did not join my friends or the millions (or did I hear billions?) who watched this event live.
Part of the reason I did not watch it was that I hate getting up at 3 a.m. for anything. I also found it

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 2:17 PM
There's always a flip size
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

I suspect that snow in April or even May is nothing new in Vilas County. I remember visiting the area in April once and found lots of snow still on the ground. But down here, snow in April is not as common. So when it turned my grass white in late April and when the gray skies, icy roads and cold wind reminded us that winter had not yet left us, we got a bit discouraged. Will it never go away? Will warm, sunny days ever arrive — and stay?
We who choose to live in Wisconsin know that we will have to live with cold and even snowy April

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 1:32 PM
Young at heart
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated my 71st birthday. Frankly, it is the first time I have really given thought to the fact that I am now in my 70s.
When my mom turned 70, I was just 37 years old and though she never looked her age; the fact that she was 70 years old was rather astounding to me. I thought 70 was very old back then. But you know, 70’s not so old now; 70 is a reminder that I have hopefully become a bit wiser.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 1:24 PM
Reviving old traditions
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

This year Passover coincides with Holy Week and Easter, both uplifting holidays with their symbolism of freedom, immortality and triumph. When I was teaching in a Catholic school years ago, I arranged an all-school Seder Passover meal and taught the students about the meaning of Passover and of Holy Week and Easter, thereby exposing them to both traditions and broadening their worlds. The parents got involved by providing the food and helping at the meals. It was a joyous event.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 2:22 PM
A peace break


By Mary Friedel-Hunt

There is a camera hidden near an eagle nest in Decorah, Iowa. It broadcasts the progress of the eagle births at I watch that nest and saw the female eagle switch places regularly with the male as they took turns sitting on three eggs. The last time I checked, there had been over 1 million views of this nest and 144,321 people were watching as I was.
I saw the babies shortly after they hatched as the female adult tucked them beneath her to keep them warm. Checking in with these birds on and off throughout the day provides a peaceful

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 1:47 PM

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